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Hi everyone - My name is Janine and I am looking at fusion on L5-S1. Had a fall on a boat nearly 3 years ago, chronic sciatica, left leg numbness, weakness and tingling. Have had 2 cortisone injections in the first 12 months with little success. Have managed over past 18 months with anti-inflams and pain relief and have still managed to work fulltime. I have 1 young child, hence haven't had surgery to date but I am now tired of the pain and inability to exercise very well. I have seen 4 surgeons for independent opinions - all agree fusion is required. I am due to see my surgeon next week to discuss surgery again - I am very nervous. I am so scared something could go wrong and I will be worse off and not able to return to work (office based). Keen to hear from anyone who has gone through fusion please. What is the average recovery time from fusion surgery - I have been told anywhere from 6 weeks - 3 months? Thanks heaps